What You Should Know About Company Culture Before Joining

Sun, Sep 6, 2020 12:52 PM
By Ibrahim

There are a number of promising startups that could be a great fit for you. One of the key things you need to consider before accepting a job (at a startup or any other company, for that matter) is the company culture.

If you’re not sure that you can jive with the culture at a particular startup, keep reading. Listed below are some tips to help you evaluate a company and get the inside information on their culture before you join their team.

Learn About Their Mission

One of the first things to consider when evaluating a company’s culture is to look at its mission. For example, the company Sparkart is all about promoting a sense of community among creative individuals- does that strike a chord with you?

If you find that you are able to connect with a startup’s mission and purpose, chances are you’ll have an easier time settling into and enjoying your role there. Knowing that you’re contributing to a greater good can give you a stronger sense of job satisfaction.

Consider these questions:

  • What do they hope to accomplish with their work? 

  • Do they have a greater, more meaningful cause that they’re working toward beyond just making money?

Talk to Current Employees

Another good step to take when you’re considering joining a particular company is to talk to people who already work there. Look on sites like LinkedIn to see if you can connect with anyone who works at this company. 

Once you get in touch with a current employee, talk to them about what they like most about their job, as well as what they like the least.

Consider these questions:

  • Do they feel that their ideas are respected?

  • Is their team diverse?

  • Are there opportunities to grow within the company?


Talk to Former Employees

You may want to talk to former employees of the company as well. Find out why they left and whether the company culture had any impact on their decision to find a new job. If you don’t know anyone personally who used to work for the startup you’re considering, use LinkedIn or another professional site to find a former employee. In addition to asking them about their reasons for leaving, be sure to ask them the same questions you would ask a current employee. In many cases, you might get more candid answers to your questions when you reach out to former employees.

Do Some Online Research

Talking directly to current and former employees can tell you a lot about the culture at a startup. If you don’t have a chance to make direct contact, though, there are still other ways to get the details on the company you’re thinking about joining. 

You can read reviews on third-party sites like Glassdoor. These sites will give you all kinds of insight into the culture at startups, major companies, and everything in between. 

For example, if you look at the Glassdoor reviews for Oh My Green, you’ll see that the company prioritizes providing employees with healthy meals and that they start each meeting with a meditation session.

Ask Questions During the Interview

Make sure you’re asking the right questions during the interview process, too. 

When your interviewer asks you if you have any questions, use that as an opportunity to dive into the company culture.

Consider these questions:

  • How does the team collaborate and plan out new projects?

  • How does success get measured?

  • How is feedback given?

  • Are there opportunities for skills development or additional training provided?

Start Considering Company Culture Today

As you can see, there’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to evaluating the company culture at a startup. However, if you remember this information during your job search, you’ll have an easier time finding a company that’s a good fit for you with a culture that aligns with your values.


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